About this Episode:

Allison speaks with Dr. Chaya Abrams, LPC, LAC, on Historical Trauma—trauma suffered by groups of people, often at the hands of other groups of people—and “companioning” as a counseling intervention for Historical Trauma Response.

About Chaya:

chaya's photoDr. Chaya Abrams is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor in private practice in Denver, Colorado. Currently, she serves as a faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado in Denver teaching various knowledge and skills-based counseling classes. Originally from Israel, Dr. Abrams recently completed her Doctoral dissertation on the effects of Historical Trauma on clients and how to treat Historical Trauma Response.

You can learn more about Chaya at http://chayaabrams.wix.com/chayaabrams

Links and References:

“The Little Leaf” (sung in Yiddish) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfRPX9sNFmA

“The Little Leaf”- English Translation:

A branch rests in the middle of a path, with leaves outstretched 
And a little leaf is dropped from the branch and falls off 

A righteous man walks along the path and asks the little leaf, 
“Why did you drop from the branch and now lie on the path?” 

The little leaf answered, “I don’t know how I’m not The Keeper
My branch suddenly dropped me off, and I blew away.” 

Branch, branch, The Keeper-
Perhaps you can tell me why you suddenly shook the branch 
And dropped off the little leaf? 

The branch said, “I don’t know how I’m not The Keeper 
The wind suddenly blew, and dropped the little leaf off.” 

Wind, wind, The Keeper-
Perhaps you can tell me why you suddenly released the wind 
And the little leaf blew off? 

The wind said, “I don’t know how I’m not The Keeper 
My Angel released me, and I blew the little leaf off!” 

Angel, dear Angel, and The Keeper-
Perhaps you can tell me why you released the wind 
And it blew?
The Angel said, “I don’t know, I’m not The Keeper 
The Creator of the world commanded me to do so.” 

Awesome Creator and The Keeper-
Perhaps you can tell me why a little leaf detached from the branch 
And fell off the tree? 
And the Creator alone Helped the righteous man understand 
Hold the little leaf in your hand and take a good look at it 

A small worm lay there, all alone 
And looked at the Creator, saying, “ I cannot withstand the heat.” 
So, I quickly told the Angel to release the wind 
Who told the branch to shake
 And the little leaf fell off 
Then the little leaf shielded the worm from the heat 
And the little worm slept soundly and sweet. 

The APA Citation for this Episode:

Kramer, A. (Producer). (2019, November 6). EP147: Exploring Historical Trauma Response – A Conversation with Dr. Chaya Abrams [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from https://thethoughtfulcounselor.com/?p=227458.

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